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Diesel and the Vespa

While in Tad Lo, I persuaded Diesel to finally realize his dream of driving a scooter.  The town was small and the roads pretty quiet, a perfect spot for going on our first ride.  We rented the scooter from our guesthouse.

We had been told by other travelers to make sure we got a Honda scooter, which were Thai made, as opposed to other inferior brands, which are Chinese-made.  We checked the scooter:  the logo at the front said “Honda” but the panel said “Sinada.”  Nothing we could do.  This is Laos, after all.

Guesthouse owner (GO):  You’ve ever been on a bike before?

Diesel:  Yea (LIE), but only an automatic (another LIE).

Diesel got on the bike and tried to start it.  It was obvious that he had never rode on a bike before.

Diesel (to me):  I have to put my shoes on.

Me: Why?

Diesel:  Well, I can’t ride in my flip flops.

Uh-oh.   Why did he need special shoes for???

Diesel (nowwith his sneakers on):  Ok, I’m gonna give it a try.

Me:  Ok, I’ll get on the back.

Diesel:  No!

Me:  Why not???

Diesel:  Because…I have to practice.

Double uh-oh.  PRACTICE?   This was starting to get very scary.  Diesel exuded no confidence at all.

He went off for a trial run and the guesthouse owner came out, concerned…he waited for Diesel with me, in anticipation.

Me:  He’s coming back.

I tried to assure him, but I had doubts myself.

Diesel did come back.  And we both did survive.


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